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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Witan \Wit"an\, n. pl. [AS., pl. of wita sage, councilor.] Lit., wise men; specif. (A.-S. Hist.), The members of the national, or king's, council which sat to assist the king in administrative and judicial matters; also, the council. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]